Duchess’s un­cle hit wife ‘after coke row’

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BRI­TAIN: The Duchess of Cambridge’s un­cle at­tacked his wife after a row dur­ing which she ac­cused him of tak­ing co­caine, it was re­vealed yes­ter­day after he pleaded guilty to as­sault.

Gary Goldsmith, the younger brother of the duchess’s mother, Ca­role Mid­dle­ton, punched wife Julie-Ann, leav­ing her un­con­scious on the pave­ment out­side their home, after they had re­turned by taxi from a char­ity auc­tion at a pri­vate mem­bers’ club in cen­tral Lon­don last month, West­min­ster mag­is­trates’ court was told.

The taxi driver who wit­nessed the at­tack has de­scribed how the cou­ple were ar­gu­ing. Daniel Shep­herd told The Times: ‘‘She was ac­cus­ing him of sniff­ing loads of co­caine.‘‘

He said Julie-Ann Goldsmith ver­bally abused her hus­band, then slapped him when he went over to her while she was try­ing to open the front door of their home.

‘‘He turned around with an almighty left hook in the face. She seemed to be un­con­scious on the ground,’’ Shep­herd said.

‘‘It ended in to­tal may­hem. I have re­strained a mem­ber of the royal fam­ily - 200 years ago, I’d have been be­headed for that.’’

A po­lice of­fi­cer who in­ter­viewed Gary Goldsmith said he had apol­o­gised.

Goldsmith, who made a for­tune from a re­cruit­ment busi­ness, was caught pre­par­ing co­caine at his villa in Ibiza and boast­ing of his con­nec­tions with the royal fam­ily by a tabloid news­pa­per in 2009.

Gary Goldsmith

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